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Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Pointing fingers

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2012

This month's Landmark Accident is notable not because of the accident; visual flight into marginal VFR or instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) is not as rare as it should be. There are constant reminders by the Air Safety Institute and most aviation publications and websites that this is not a life-prolonging activity. Rather, it was the legal maneuvering afterward that nearly changed the training landscape.

Minnesota Supreme Court sides with Cirrus in fatal crash

Article | Jul 20, 2012

The estate of a pilot killed with a passenger in a 2003 crash near Hill City, Minn., will not collect damages from Cirrus Aircraft, following a decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court July 18 that upheld an appellate ruling in favor of the aircraft maker. The crash resulted from spatial disorientation on a night VFR flight into IMC, according to the NTSB, and the pilot's family blamed Cirrus for failing to provide a lesson on the topic.

Single-pilot jet accident patterns

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

In a 2005 publication dealing with industry concerns about VLJ safety, the Flight Safety Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improvement of global aviation safety, examined nearly 40 years of accidents and incidents in jets flown by a single pilot. While the skies have far from darkened with VLJs, there are more SP jets available and flying than ever before, and the breakdown of the 43 events is instructive to any new jet pilot looking to avoid the proverbial repeat of history.

VFR in to IMC: Learn to escape the odds

Article | Apr 03, 2012

The Air Safety Institute put pilots' skills at VFR-into-IMC scenarios to the test through a Redbird full-motion simulator at the AOPA Tent during Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla. The goal was to convey the seriousness of VFR flight into instrument conditions and reinforce basic skills - aviate, navigate, communicate.

Fly like a Fighter: Which way is up?

Fly like a fighter | Mar 13, 2012

After an uncontrolled snap roll, Air Force F-15 pilot Larry Brown finds his aircraft 40 degrees nose low, inverted, accelerating toward the ground. Enter the importance of upset recovery training.

Report compares glass, analog panel safety

Article | Mar 01, 2012

Airmanship still matters more than equipment: Proliferation of glass panel cockpits in general aviation aircraft has not had a dramatic impact on safety, according to new research by the Air Safety Institute.

Safety in numbers: Institute looks to build on success

Article | Jan 12, 2012

General aviation pilots are arming themselves with knowledge, and the Air Safety Institute marked another year of growth, exceeding 1.8 million contacts with safety products and courses in 2011.